United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Ms. Ahunna Eziakonwa is UNDP Assistant Administrator, and Director, Regional Bureau for Africa at the rank of Assistant Secretary General. She leads over 4000 staff implementing a $1.2 billion annual development programme in 46 African countries. She is deeply passionate about equality, inclusion, reshaping narratives on Africa, mobilizing for youth entrepreneurs and the dignity of Africa’s people. Her vision “Africa’s Promise: The UNDP Renewed Strategic Offer in Africa” employs an opportunity lens to development practice in Africa. She established the Africa Influencers for Development (AI4D) to ensure that Africa’s Money works for Africa’s Development; the Africa Young Women Leaders Initiative; Africa Innovates Magazine; and the Africa Borderlands Centre. She leads UNDP Africa socioeconomic response and recovery from COVID 19 and (Co) Chairs the UN Africa Regional Collaborative Platform which oversees implementation of the Secretary General’s regional UN reform. She spent 10 years as UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Ethiopia, Uganda, and Lesotho. As Chief (Africa) at UN OCHA, she led response to natural disasters, emergencies and transitions to recovery. Before the UN, Ms. Eziakonwa worked for “Initiatives of Change” serving as international coordinator of its’ “Creators of Peace – Women’s Initiative”. She is an alumni of Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School Executive Programme and has a Bachelors in Education from University of Benin Nigeria.
Allyson Anderson Book
Allyson Anderson Book is vice president of energy transition for Baker Hughes. In this role she oversees Baker Hughes’ energy-transition strategy and works to develop new energy products and services that help lower carbon emissions while meeting the world’s growing energy needs.
In 2021 alone, she was recognized by Petroleum Economist as among Top 10 Women Leading Energy Transition in Sustainability, by Oil & Gas Investor as among 25 Influential Women in Energy, and by Hart Energy for its ESG Champion of Year Award.
Before joining Baker Hughes she served as the executive director of the American Geosciences Institute, which represents more than 250,000 geoscientists and focuses on increasing public awareness of the role geosciences play in society’s use of resources. Prior to that, she held a number of academic, policy and senior government positions, including teaching at Georgetown University, working for the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee and serving as the associate director of strategic engagement of the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) at the U.S. Department of the Interior. She began her career as a geoscientist for ExxonMobil.
She holds bachelor’s degrees in geology and music from the University of Northern Iowa, and a master’s degree in geology from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.
Amish joined AVEVA in 2010 and was appointed Executive Vice President for AVEVA’s Engineering Business in April 2021. Prior to his appointment, Amish has held senior leadership roles in sales and operations within the AVEVA Group. In his current role, Amish is responsible for leading the cross functional business performance of the Engineering Business, which includes process & simulation, engineering & design, project execution, information management and value chain optimization software solutions. Amish has over 25 years of industrial experience globally within the energy, chemicals and power industries. Prior to joining AVEVA, he has held sales and product management leadership roles at Honeywell and Aspen Technology and began his career as a Plant Operations Engineer at JX Nippon Oil & Energy Corporation refineries in Japan. He holds a master’s and bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Calgary.
International Copper Association (ICA)
Tony is President of the International Copper Association, ICA, the leading advocate of the global copper producing industry. He has management responsibility for all aspects of the organization, leading a team of 70 subject matter experts in Asia, Europe and the USA. His position as the head of ICA provides him with an excellent perspective on the challenges faced in the end-use markets for copper, and in the conduct of programs to develop and defend copper use. Tony has a Bachelor of Science in Physics from Imperial College of Science and Technology and an MBA from Warwick Business School, both within the United Kingdom.
As Lead Negotiator for the UK COP26 Presidency, Archie led the process that resulted in all 197 parties agreeing the ‘Glasgow Climate Pact’ and finalising the Paris Agreement Rulebook at COP26 in November 2021. He has been the UK’s Lead Climate Negotiator since 2016, overseeing climate negotiations in the UNFCCC, EU, G7 and G20. He has a background in both international and domestic policy. Previous roles include Director International Climate & Energy; Deputy Director Americas & Head of South America Department in the Foreign & Commonwealth Office; Head of Delivery in the Department of Energy & Climate Change; and Deputy Director for Business, Environment and the Olympics in the Prime Minister’s Delivery Unit. He was appointed Companion of the Order of St Michael & St George (CMG) in the 2022 Birthday Honours.
World Steel Association
Åsa Ekdahl has extensive experience in the environmental challenges of the steel industry including climate change, air emissions and co-products management and is a recognized expert in these fields.
As Head of Environment and Climate Change at the World Steel Association, Åsa runs the worldsteel Environment Committee and leads the association’s engagement with International organisations such as the UNFCCC and OECD. She plays an important role in shaping the policy and advocacy actions for the industry including the promotion of industry action.
Before joining worldsteel, Åsa worked at both Jernkontoret, the Swedish Steel Producer’s Association and EUROFER, the European Steel Industry Association, where she was responsible for engaging with policy makers, most notably the European Commission and European Parliament, on the needs of the European steel industry in the area of environmental policy.
Åsa graduated with a Master of Science in Environmental Science from Gothenburg University in Sweden.
Beth Byington is the Global Head of Corporate ESG and Climate Solutions at MSCI where she leads the firm’s commercial strategy to develop ESG and Climate product offerings for Corporates and Corporate Advisors.
Prior to her current role, Beth spent thirteen years in MSCI’s Client Coverage Organization, most recently as a Senior Account Manager where she was responsible for global relationship management with some of MSCI’s largest clients. In this capacity Beth drove commercial growth across all MSCI’s Product Lines (Index, ESG and Climate, Analytics, and Private Assets) and interfaced with senior decision-markets to position MSCI as a preferred partner. In earlier years Beth held several leadership roles within the Index Client Coverage division, including Head of Index Licensing for Financial Intermediaries, Hedge Funds, and Third-Party Distribution partners. In these positions she was responsible for driving new business and developing new commercial initiatives. Beth is also actively involved with MSCI’s Women’s Leadership Forum, for which she serves on the global steering committee.
Before MSCI Beth worked at Lehman Brothers on the Equity Research Sales desk supporting Asset Managers and Hedge Funds. Beth started her career in the Information Technology sector as a Management Consultant at IBM and later at Deutsche Bank.
Beth holds a B.A. in Political Science from Columbia University and a M.B.A. in Finance from the NYU Stern School of Business.
A young African leader and CEO of Zafree Papers is also a motivatedindividual with strong professional experience in economics and research, while an environmental enthusiast by passion. Over the course of the last three years, Bethelhem has initiated and developed several waste management and recycling projects. Bethelhem has a BA Degree in Economics from Addis Ababa University and is certified in Business Development, Design Driven Entrepreneurship and Going Green for business, Risk Management and Project Management. She has a demonstrated history of working in the pulp, paper & paper products industry. Bethelhem has received an award from the Seedstars DONE land restoration prize 2019.
She is also identified as one of the 100 Global women leaders by the Vedica Scholars Program and also marked as one of the young upcoming influential business women leaders in Ethiopia. She is a founding member of the Resilient 40, a partnership between Africa and the UK change-makers with a common goal of promoting climate resilience in Africa. Resilient40 functions as a network of young climate leaders and activists, who are committed to providing a formal and formidable platform for actively guiding with a focus on directing the voices and work of young people on climate change in Africa, through a broader consultation and high-level decision-making with key continental and global stakeholders.
Bethelhem is skilled in corporate industry negotiation, customer service, sales, strategic planning, branding, and marketing strategy. Bethelhem is also a strong business development professional and a Globally Certified Project Manager earned from Jethro International
leadership and management institute in Ethiopia.
Brennan is one of the co-founders and CEO of Patch, the platform for negative emissions. Prior to starting Patch, Brennan worked in a range of product and engineering roles at Sonder and Shopify.
DHL Customer Solutions & Innovation (CSI)
Carsten Lützenkirchen is a Senior Vice President at DHL Customer Solutions & Innovation (CSI) leading several global commercial functions including cross divisional solution development for DHL’s largest customers across five market sectors.
In addition he is heading the Sustainability customer engagement group in CSI and leading the group wide Commercial Sustainability Roadmap development.
He is also Co-Author of the recently published Whitepaper “Delivering on Circularity – Pathways for Fashion and Consumer Electronics published.
Over the past 22 years Carsten has held several leading positions in DP DHL in e-Commerce, Product and Strategic Management in Germany, Europe and the USA.
Carsten holds a Master‘s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Essen in Germany.
David joined RB in 2005 and has developed a strong expertise in strategy, change, implementation and investment topics in the energy and utilities industry with focus on green energy.
As co-lead of RB’s Sustainability and Climate Action team, David has acquired significant project related expertise on the sustainable value creation, implementation of decarbonization strategies and application of innovative climate related technologies in a wide range of industries and functions ready to be shared with the VIP dinner’s participants. Besides, David’s experience in managing megaprojects in infrastructure and capital-intensive industries, could be a valuable supplement to the discussion on the implementation topics.
Doug Berven joined POET in March 2003 and has served the organization in several key roles since then. In his current role as Vice President of Corporate Affairs, Berven promotes the corporate objectives of POET, the importance of agriculture, and the benefits of biofuels domestically and internationally.
Berven currently sits on BIO’s Industrial and Environmental Section Governing Board, the U.S. Grains Council Ethanol Advisory Team, the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance Executive Committee and Board, South Dakota Agriculture Foundation Board, is a Senior Advisor to Solutions From the Land, is an Emeritus Board Member of the American Council on Renewable Energy, is the Executive Director of the South Dakota Ethanol Producers Association, and serves on several other industry associated work groups, committees and associations.
He has also served on several of POET’s plant Boards of Directors. Berven also manages strategic corporate relations for POET, promotes state, national and international policy objectives for the industry, and is a recognized authority on biofuels, renewable
energy and agriculture.
Prior to joining POET, Berven held various roles in banking, real estate development and medical consulting. Berven received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Augustana College in Sioux Falls, S.D., where he currently resides with his wife and two children.
Dr Susan Chomba
World Resources Institute (WRI)
Dr Susan Chomba is the Director of Vital Landscapes at the World Resources Institute (WRI) Africa, based in Nairobi. She leads WRI’s work on forest protection and conservation, food systems transformation and governance in Africa. She is a scientist with extensive research and development experience in Africa. Susan is a global ambassador for the Race to zero and Resilience under the UN High Level Champions for Climate Action. She was named one of Global Landscapes Forum’s ‘16 Women Restoring the Earth’ in 2021 and top 25 badass women by GreenBiz in 2022 for her work on food and nature.
Dr. Oliver Marchand
Dr. Oliver Marchand is Global Head of ESG Research & Development at the MSCI Climate Risk Center, where he is responsible for all research activities in the field of climate risks analysis. The Zurich-based MSCI Climate Risk Center creates an extensive climate risk assessment and reporting offering for the institutional market, providing global investors with solutions to help them better understand the impact of climate change on their investment portfolios and comply with mandatory and voluntary climate risk disclosure initiatives and requirements.
In 2015, Dr. Oliver Marchand founded the Zurich-based fintech startup Carbon Delta AG and was the CEO until 2019, when the company was acquired by MSCI Barra SA. Prior to founding Carbon Delta and joining MSCI, Dr. Oliver Marchand gained extensive experience in IT management, financial portfolio management and IT systems development at Fisch Asset Management. Furthermore, he is experienced in climate data modeling as a researcher in weather forecasting at various weather services.
Dr. Oliver Marchand is a strong entrepreneurship professional with a Ph.D. in Computer Science from ETH Zürich. The combined expertise in software development for financial portfolio management and climate data modeling puts Dr. Oliver Marchand in the unique position to combine two very different industries. With the establishment of the MSCI Climate Risk Center in Zurich, the fulfillment of his personal vision of creating a new climate risk standard in the financial industry is on track.
Dr. Oliver Marchand is Global Head of ESG Research & Development at the MSCI Climate Risk Center, where he is responsible for all research activities in the field of climate risks analysis. Dr. Oliver Marchand founded the Zurich-based fintech startup Carbon Delta AG and was the CEO until 2019, when the company was acquired by MSCI Barra SA. Prior to founding Carbon Delta and joining MSCI, Dr. Oliver Marchand gained extensive experience in IT management, financial portfolio management and IT systems development at Fisch Asset Management. Dr. Oliver Marchand holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from ETH Zürich.
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries
Professor Dr. Emmanouil Kakaras has been Executive Vice President NEXT Energy Business at Mitsubishi Heavy Industries EMEA since 1 April 2021.
Prior to this role, he was Senior Vice President for New Products and Energy Solutions at MHI Group company Mitsubishi Power Europe since January 2018. Up until then he served as Vice President and Head of Research & Development at Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Europe since September 2012. His R&D activities mainly focus on flexible operation of thermal plants, on fuel cells and electrolyzers, the development of large-scale energy storage and the utilization of CO2. He is a member of the Board of Directors of EU Turbines.
Professor Kakaras’ academic background is on clean energy generation technologies and since December 1991 he has been a Professor at the National Technical University of Athens, Greece. He has also been guest lecturer at the Universities of Warsaw and Tokyo. He participates as an external member in various working groups organized by the European Commission (CAG, Energy Committee), the Advisory Council of the Technology Platforms on Zero Emission Power Plants and on Smart Networks for Energy Transition as well as the Scientific Board of Industrial Associations (VGB, Rhein Ruhr Power, BDI). Professor Kakaras is also a member of several advisory committees of academic institutions (EASAC, Academy of Athens, EASE).
Republic of Panama
Her Excellency Erika Mouynes is the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Panama. She has extensive experience as both a public servant and top private sector executive. Prior to being appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mouynes served as Panama’s Vice Minister of Multilateral Affairs and Cooperation (2019) and Chief of Staff of the Ministry of Trade and Industry (2004) in two administrations. She was instrumental in negotiating the US-Panama Free Trade Agreement and various multi-lateral project finance and investment partnerships across the telecommunications, logistics, mining, oil and gas sectors.
As Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mouynes assembled and led a team of Panamanian experts to successfully develop the country’s vaccine portfolio and secure doses for its entire population, ahead of most of Latin America. Minister Mouynes’ post-pandemic priority is to facilitate regional political dialogue and strengthen Panama’s presence in multilateral forums, focusing on irregular migration and the pressing climate crisis. Prior to her role in government, Minister Mouynes worked at a leading global law firm in New York. She also managed the business and legal affairs of a multi-billion-dollar investment company in her role as Chief Legal Officer. Mouynes has served on the board of several publicly traded companies, as well as women-focused not-for-profit organizations.
A Fulbright scholar with three postgraduate degrees, Minister Mouynes holds an LLM in Corporation Law from New York University, an LLM in International Law from University of California at Berkeley and a postgraduate degree in Business and Finance from New York University’s Stern School of Business.
Francisco Benedito is the CEO and Co-Founder of the startup ClimateTrade. A visionary entrepreneur that founded his first company at the age of 16, he holds a law degree and an MBA completed in France. One of the TOP 100 worldwide Fintech Influencers for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Benedito worked in the banking industry for 15 years before founding ClimateCoin, the world’s first crypto asset, in 2017. ClimateCoin was presented at COP23 and recognized as one of the best solutions to address climate change in the 2018 UN World Economic and Social Survey. In 2019, Benedito founded ClimateTrade with the purpose of establishing an exponential company focused on sustainability. In 2021, he was recognized as one of the 100 Latinos most committed to climate action, in a ranking developed by Sachamama in collaboration with WWF, The Nature Conservancy, the World Environment Center and various other environmental organizations. And at the start of this year, Forbes Spain named him one of 22 business leaders most likely to create disruptive change in 2022.
With a sharp skill for business analysis and a vision for trends, Francisco believes that technology is the best solution to tackle climate change, that’s why he aims at innovative strategies that support and promote sustainable projects worldwide, achieving the highest positive impact for the Planet and all living beings on Earth.
Thanks to its great capacities, persuasive speech and experience in renowned climate events such as the Seoul Climate and the Energy Summit (CESS), 2018; The World Green Economy Summit, (WGES), Dubai, 2019; R20 Austrian World Summit, 2019. Francisco Benedito represented ClimateTrade in the Sustainable Innovation Forum at the COP26 in Glasgow, 2021.
Ms Grace Fu is Minister for Sustainability and the Environment.
She graduated with a Bachelor of Accountancy (Honours), and subsequently obtained a Masters of Business Administration from the National University of Singapore. She spent the early part of her career in the private sector and last held the position of Chief Executive Officer, PSA South East Asia and Japan, where she was responsible for the business performance of PSA’s port terminals in Singapore, Thailand, Brunei and Japan.
In 2006, Ms Fu joined politics and was appointed to various Ministries, including National Development, Education, Information, Communications and the Arts, Environment and Water Resources, and Foreign Affairs.
In 2015, Ms Fu was appointed Minister for Culture, Community and Youth, and Leader of the House. In July 2020, Ms Fu was appointed Minister for Sustainability and the Environment.
Ms Fu enjoys an active lifestyle, which includes running, yoga and hiking. She is married with three sons.
H.E. Dr. Ing. Habtamu Itefa Geleta
Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia
H.E. Dr. Eng. Habtamu Itefa Geleta is the Minister of Water and Energy of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia. He was appointed to the post on 5 October 2021 by H.E Dr. Abiy Ahmed, Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia.
He got his first degree in 1999 and his second degree in 2006 in Irrigation Engineering both from Arba Minch University, Ethiopia. And he got his PhD in Hydraulic Engineering from Stuttgart University, Germany in 2011.
He began his career as a practicing engineer at the Benishangul-Gumuz regional Water Bureau and then joined in the academic sphere where he lectured at Arba Minch University and later on at Addis Ababa Science and Technology University, respectively. He also served at different leadership positions from school dean to University VicePresident.
He then went on to serve as Deputy Head of Urban and Housing Bureau of the Oromia Regional State from 2016 to 2017; Director-General of the Oromial Regional State Road Authority from 2017 to 2019 and Head of the Oromia Regional State Water and Energy Resource Development Bureau from 2019 up until his present Ministerial appointment to lead the Ministry of Water and Energy of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia.
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)
HE Dr. Nawal Al-Hosany
UAE Mission to IRENA – Ministry of Climate Change and Environment
Her Excellency Dr. Nawal Al-Hosany is the Permanent Representative of the UAE to the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) since April 2018.
Previously, Dr. Al Hosany held the position of the Executive Director of Sustainability at Masdar, the international renewable energy leader based in Abu Dhabi. She also served as the Director of the Zayed Future Energy Prize (now known as the Zayed sustainability Prize) for eight years between 2011-2018. She is currently a Jury member of the Prize. She was also the Deputy Director General of the Emirates Diplomatic Academy (EDA) between 2017-2018.
Apart from her current position and as part of her professional career, Dr. Al-Hosany holds positions across various business sectors, government entities and academic institutions in the UAE and internationally. She is also an active and prominent member of several key international, regional and local climate-focused boards and committees, including the advisory council of National Geographic magazine, the advisory board of the Payne Institute in Colorado School of Mines, the advisory Panel for the Momentum for Change initiative of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). She is a board member of Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL), the international organization that works in partnership with the United Nations to accelerate action on Sustainable Development Goal 7 (SDG7), the Paris Climate Agreement, and the UAE Sailing & Rowing Federation. Concurrently, she serves as the Vice Chair for the Global Council of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Dr. Nawal Al Hosany’s numerous professional achievements have been widely acknowledged through prestigious awards. In July 2018, Dr. Al-Hosany was presented the “Doctor of letters Honoris Causa” from Keele University in the UK in recognition for her achievements in the field of sustainability. Dr Al-Hosany also received the “Arab Woman Award” and the “Emirates Business Women Award”.
She graduated from the Faculty of Engineering at the UAE University in 1992 and obtained her PhD from Newcastle University in the UK in 2002.
Dr. Al-Hosany is also credited as one of the first two Emirati women to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest free-standing mountain in the world at 5,895 metres above sea-level.
World Gold Council
John is Director of Market Relations and Climate Change Lead at the World Gold Council (WGC), leading its climate change research programme and associated engagement with investors, policy makers and stakeholder organisations.
Additionally, he contributes to the organisation’s wider insight and communications outputs to improve understanding of the whole gold supply chain, and the integration of ESG considerations into strategic market and investment perspectives.
John has been responsible for the production of key research on the socio-economic impacts of the gold industry and is currently focused on exploring gold’s potential roles in the context of a world reshaped by climate change. He writes extensively and comments regularly on wider gold market dynamics, investment strategies, and responsible and sustainable business practices.
John also engages and collaborates with a range of industry organisations and stakeholder groups, including the OECD, the ICMM, (International Council on Mining and Metals) and CIBJO (World Jewellery Confederation).
John joined the WGC in early 2005. Prior to that, he held a number of senior roles focused on business strategy, product development, trading systems and market analysis. He has degrees from the University of Sussex and Birkbeck College, University of London.
Jose La Loggia
Jose La Loggia is president of the Commercial HVAC business in the EMEA region for Trane Technologies. In this role, he has full responsibility for the strategy, operations, innovation and performance of the Commercial HVAC EMEA business. Previously, Jose served as Vice President and General Manager for the Trane Commercial HVAC business in EMEA, where he improved operational efficiencies and led growth within all revenue streams and functions. His leadership has been instrumental in establishing and growing partnerships with customers, suppliers and partners, which has led to the acquisition of Thermocold in 2017 and ICS Cool Energy in 2018.
Katherine Neebe serves as vice president of national engagement and strategy, and chief sustainability and philanthropy officer for Duke Energy. She leads Duke Energy’s stakeholder engagement efforts to develop solutions to meet customer needs for continued reliable and affordable energy – while simultaneously working to achieve the company’s goal of net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.
In addition, Katherine maintains oversight of the Duke Energy Foundation, which provides philanthropic support to help meet the needs of communities where Duke Energy customers live and work. Katherine joined Duke Energy in August 2020 from Walmart, where she led environmental, social and governance strategy and oversaw stakeholder engagement on behalf of Walmart’s sustainability team.
From 2007-2013, Katherine was at the World Wildlife Fund where she managed one of the world’s largest corporate-NGO partnerships, a $97 million sustainability-driven initiative with The Coca Cola Company focused on water, agriculture and climate, which was active in over 45 countries. Over the past 20 years, Katherine has worked with a wide range of corporate, government and nonprofit organizations. Weaving together her intensive business experience and commitment to social and environmental responsibility, she brings in-depth insight to effective stakeholder engagement and an ability to ground sustainability into actionable terms. Katherine is a First Movers fellow through the Aspen Institute, received her Master of Business Administration from The Darden School at the University of Virginia and holds a Bachelor of Arts in
English from Colorado College.
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries
Kentaro Hosomi is Executive Vice President at Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) and also serves as Chief Regional Officer (CRO) for the Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) region and CEO Mitsubishi Heavy Industries EMEA, Ltd. In his current role, Mr. Hosomi leads MHI’s efforts to grow its business across the region and across MHI Group companies, including Mitsubishi Power, Mitsubishi Logisnext, Primetals Technologies and MHI Air-conditioning Europe.
He previously served as President & CEO for the company’s Energy Systems domain and was deeply involved in MHI Group’s energy transition strategy. Mr. Hosomi is also a member of the board for Vestas Wind Systems in which MHI now holds a stake.
Mr. Hosomi brings around 40 years of experience to MHI Group, and has a proven track record in the power and energy sector.
In 2011, Mr. Hosomi was appointed as General Manager of Business Development & Strategic Planning Department of Power Systems at MHI, where he was responsible for business development, strategic planning, alliances for the overall power systems business. There, he made achievements such as the acquisition of PW Power Systems (currently known as Mitsubishi Power Aero LLC) and the launch of Savannah Machinery Works in Georgia, USA (now operating under Mitsubishi Power).
Mr. Hosomi’s expertise in sales, marketing and commercial administration of various types of power plant projects contributed to the company’s global presence in the energy industry. Starting as a sales specialist for the Middle East and later on doing a five-year stint in London, UK, his career at MHI Group includes a track record worth a few decades of winning, executing and managing power plant projects successfully.
Mr. Hosomi earned his Bachelor’s degree in economics from The University of Tokyo, Japan.
S&P Global Sustainable1
Lauren is a global expert and senior leader in sustainable finance. She leads a team committed to growing S&P Global’s Sustainable1 business with functional responsibilities for commercial strategy, go to market, product specialists, client engagement and marketing.
Prior to joining S&P Lauren was a member of the board and senior management team of Trucost responsible for the successful sale of the business to S&P Dow Jones Indices in 2016 and integrating the Trucost business into S&P Global Market Intelligence in 2018. She was integrally involved in a number of major market innovations such as developing the world’s first portfolio carbon footprint and helped grow the Trucost business from being a start up to a market leader in climate finance. Prior to Trucost, Lauren worked in Equity Research in the fund management industry and was a consultant at the UK Government’s Department for International Development working on the Millennium Development Goals.
Lauren is a regular speaker and respected commentator on sustainable finance, quoted in publications such as the Economist, Investment Week, IPE and The Actuary. In 2019 she was a speaker in Davos at the World Economic Forum on, “The future of finance”. Lauren holds a BA & MA from Cambridge University in Archaeology & Anthropology and an MSc in Anthropology & International Development from the London School of Economics.
Lorenzo Simonelli is Chairman and CEO of Baker Hughes (NASDAQ:BKR). Baker Hughes is an energy technology company that combines innovation, expertise and scale to provide solutions for energy and industrial customers worldwide.
Simonelli was named Chairman of the Board in October 2017 and has been President and CEO since the Company’s creation in 2017, where he oversaw the successful merger of GE Oil & Gas with Baker Hughes Inc. Since 2013, he served as President and CEO of GE Oil & Gas.
Previously, Simonelli served as President and CEO of GE Transportation, a global transportation leader in the rail, mining, marine and energy storage industries. During his five-year tenure, he expanded and diversified GE Transportation by focusing on advanced technology manufacturing, intelligent control systems, and a diverse approach to new propulsion solutions.
He has also served as CFO Americas for GE Consumer & Industrial, as well as General Manager, Product Management for GE Appliances, Lighting, Electrical Distribution and Motors.
Simonelli joined GE’s Financial Management Program in 1994, where he worked on assignments in GE International, GE Shared Services, GE Oil & Gas, and Consolidated Financial Insurance.
He currently serves on the Board of CNH Industrial, and he served on the Board of C3.ai, Inc from 2019-2021.
Originally from Tuscany, Italy, Simonelli is a Business & Economics Graduate from Cardiff University in South Wales. He is married and resides in Houston.
Marcelo Castillo Agurto
Since 2014, I was in charge of origination, scouting and screening of distribution and transmission business opportunities worldwide, both for new market entry and growth, as well as of M&A deal execution and management.
In almost 30 years within Enel Group, working in Latin America, Spain and Italy, I have built a strong and multi-functional background, being
responsible for coordinating strong and multi- functional teams within areas reaching from regulatory and antitrust affairs, or energy management, up to analysis and business development. My expertise covers all the energy value chain: from generation to transmission, power interconnectors, distribution and retail markets. I’m a Civil, Industrial and Electric Engineer (Universidad Pontificia Catolica de Chile), and I hold a Master in Business Management (Universidad Navarra, Spain).
Alongside my management career, I have taught Regulation and Energy Management as professor in many Universities and Business schools for almost 15 years.
With over 25 years of consulting experience across multiple industries, Marcus advises clients in a wide variety of topics ranging from development and implementation of restructuring and optimization programs through technology, launch strategies and holistic business transformations.
Marcus is a leading global expert on the industrial products and services as well as operations topics with a particular focus on the automotive industry – one of the key consumers of fossil fuels. Having a diversified project background, Marcus can identify key challenges and suggest non-trivial solutions for the fossil fuel phase-out pathway throughout the industries’ whole value chains.
Mayor of Bristol, Marvin Rees was elected in May 2016 and re-elected in May 2021. He is a Yale World Fellow and graduate of Operation Black Vote who has worked and studied in the UK and the US. He is a former BBC journalist, Public Health manager, co-founder of the City Leadership Programme and has developed the Bristol One City Approach.
Joined the Company in 1990. Prior to his current role, Michael was Global Head of Commodities Research in the Corporate Banking & Securities division. Before this, he was a G10 FX strategist and Deputy Head of FX Research at Deutsche Morgan Grenfell. Michael began his career as a research analyst covering Global Macro & Rates research at Morgan Grenfell.
BSc in Economics from the University of Bristol; MSc (Econ) in Economics from London School of Economics and Political Science.
Michael Train was named Emerson’s first chief sustainability officer in March 2021. In this role, he leads the company’s environmental sustainability strategy, with a focus on advancing technologies and advocacy to enhance company operations and enable customer improvements through Emerson’s solutions and partnerships. He joined Emerson’s Office of the Chief Executive, which helps develop and guide the company’s global business strategies, in 2016.
Train currently serves as chairman of the board of trustees at Ranken Technical College and on Cornell University’s Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management Advisory Council. He was a 2008 Eisenhower Fellowship recipient.
Train holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from General Motors Institute and a master’s degree in business administration from Cornell University.
Ban Ki-Moon Centre for Global Citizens
Monika Froehler is CEO of the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens and is a passionate change maker, advocate, founder, and speaker. She was entrusted to create the BKMC after working at the UN in Geneva, NY and Vienna, the EU, the Austrian Foreign Ministry, and in field missions around the globe. She is passionate about the implementation of the SDGs and the Paris Climate Agreement. Throughout her career she managed to support hundreds of women, young people, and communities all over the globe e.g. working in Africa and Latin America to ban landmines; working to improve hospital care in rural Central Asia and Africa; assisting in eco-friendly city planning in Asia and bettering the living conditions of women in the Middle East and West-Africa.
Center for Global Commons (CGC)
Dr. Naoko Ishii is a professor and executive vice president at the University of Tokyo, where she is also an inaugural director for the Center for Global Commons, of which mission is to catalyze systems change so that humans can achieve sustainable development within planetary boundaries. Before joining the university in 2020, Dr. Ishii served the Global Environment Facility (GEF) as CEO and chairperson. She holds a B.A. in economics and a Ph.D. in international development, both from the University of Tokyo. She published several books among which two are awarded by academic prizes.
Nayef Bou Chaaya
A seasoned executive management and sales leadership professional with 27 years of rich experience in software solution selling, focused on Oil & Gas, Energy, Infrastructure and Food & Beverage sectors.
Nayef joins us from Schneider Electric where he was leading the Process Automation Business Development in the Middle East region, prior to that Nayef held senior Sales and Operations leadership positions with Schneider Electric Software, Invensys and AspenTech Middle East. Nayef holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Lebanese American University.
Anisa Bek Derna, aka Nissa Bek, is a climate activist, change-maker, and media personality.
She’s the founder of Project Mulan, a youth-led project that aims to achieve the UNDP’s sustainable development goals in Libya. Through Project Mulan, she created a TV show, a radio show, and a podcast to raise awareness of social issues and SDGs. Since its inception Project Mulan offered hundreds of young people in Tripoli aged 8 to 25 SDGs workshops, training, and campaigns. In 2021, Nissa was Libya’s representative in Youth4Climate’s Driving Ambition at the Pre-COP26 in Milan. According to an article published by Greenpeace in the same year, Nissa is among 10 African youth climate activists changing the face of the planet.
In addition to her personal projects, she’s also the national leader of Let’s Do It and Fridays for Future in Libya! Over her 9 years in Activism Ms. Bek has accumulated many honors and awards, the most recent one being the Diana Award. Nissa aspires to establish a presence as a young change maker both domestically and internationally.
Orly is the co-founder and CEO of ESGgo, the ESG operating system. ESGgo is a B2B enterprise software with a powerful, proprietary data-engine for monitoring and optimizing ESG of enterprise companies and for suppliers.
Orly has lived and worked in different countries and speaks several languages. Before founding ESGo she was a Partner at Vintage, a $3B venture fund, where she invested in technology startups and in VC funds and had built and led the Value-Added Services practice, bringing startup innovation to solve corporate challenges. Prior to that Orly worked at McKinsey & Company for two careers driving digital transformation for global enterprises. Orly Spent 10 years in Calirofnia where she worked at Merrill Lynch in asset management and private banking and prior to that she started and led a boutique consulting company in the Netherlands, in Belgium and in France. For the first 8 years of her career, Orly worked in technology, in the IDF and at HP as a service engineer and technical training. Orly is a guest lecturer and speaker at Tel Aviv University.
Orly lives in Israel with her husband and three children and is passionate about technology, naturopathic medicine, cultures and diversity. She is an avid baker and a VR beat saber player.
Paddy Padmanathan is a seasoned engineering and energy expert with over 40 years of experience. He is a key member of ACWA Power’s executive leadership team, having spearheaded its expansion from a startup in 2004 to where it is today; a leading developer, owner and operator of power generation, water desalination and green hydrogen production plants globally. Headquartered in Saudi Arabia, the company now has a portfolio of 65 assets with an investment value of USD 66.5 billion with a capacity to produce 42.7 GW of power and 6.2 million m3 /day of desalinated water.
Paddy has guided ACWA Power’s cost leadership and business strategy which is focused on reliably and responsibly delivering electricity and desalinated water, at competitive prices. He is also steering ACWA Power’s leadership in renewable energy, enabling it to be at the forefront in reducing the cost of clean energy on a global scale.
Prior to joining ACWA Power, Paddy was Vice President and Corporate officer at Black and Veatch, where he was responsible for developing privately financed power, water and wastewater projects at over a dozen countries.
Paddy holds a degree in Engineering from the University of Manchester, United Kingdom, and in addition to his executive responsibilities at ACWA Power, also serves on the Board of Directors of several companies involved in power and water development across the globe.
Vice Chairman, UN Global Compact
Paul Polman works to accelerate action by business to tackle climate change and inequality. He believes, above all, that humanity will only overcome our greatest shared challenges through far-reaching systems change and bold new partnerships to deliver the UN Sustainable Development Goals, which he helped develop.
As CEO of Unilever (2009-2019), Paul demonstrated that business can profit through purpose, marrying a long-term, multi-stakeholder model with excellent financial performance. During Paul’s tenure, shareholders saw their returns increase by 290% while the company consistently ranked 1st in the world for sustainability and as one of best places to work.
Today Paul works across a range of organisations and initiatives to help speed the global action needed to regenerate our planet, renew our economies and unite our societies. He helps business move further and faster on these ambitions, including through his work with Systemiq and through mobilizing private equity. He helps drive bold new coalitions within industries such as fashion and food, as well as between the private sector, government and civil society, including through his work leading the UN Global Compact and as an Ambassador for the Race to Zero and Race to Resilience. Paul is also passionate about developing our next generation of leaders, which he does as chair of the Oxford University Saïd Business School, and through his work with INSEAD, IESE and the Boards of PRME and One Young World.
Last year Paul’s published his critically-acclaimed book with sustainability expert Andrew Winston, “Net Positive”, which sets out how to build companies which succeed by fixing the world’s problems, rather than creating them. He actively campaigns on a range of human rights issues, including promoting disability inclusion through the Valuable 500 and the Kilimanjaro Blind Trust, which he set up with his wife Kim.
Ambassador Peter Thomson has served as the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the Ocean since 2017, in which role he is driving the global implementation of UN Sustainable Development Goal 14, to conserve and sustainably use the resources of the Ocean.
He was elected to the serve as President of the General Assembly of the United Nations for its 2016-17 term. He was Fiji’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations from 2010 to 2016, during which time he was President of the Executive Board of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
Ambassador Peter Thomson is a founding Co-Chair of the Friends of Ocean Action, run out of the World Economic Forum, and is a supporting member of the High-Level Panel for Sustainable Ocean Economy. He has recently been conferred with honorary PhDs by the University of Edinburgh and the University of Bergen.
Joined the company in 2014 with over 30 years of experience, thereof 10 years in the financial industry. Prior to joining, Priscilla was general partner and founder of Cathaya Capital, a cross border fund investing in clean tech and healthcare in China. Previously, she was an advisor and limited partner of Mayfield Fund, California. Before, she held various positions in the technology, media and telecommunications industry.
MS in Computer Science from University of Wisconsin-Madison; PhD in Computer Science & Electrical Engineering from Northwestern University.
Professor Tony Chan
Professor Chan assumed his role as the third president of KAUST in September 2018.
He is on the Board of Trustees/Directors of Hong Kong Academy of Science; IPAM, UCLA; KACST, Future Investment Initiative (FII Institute), Saudi Arabia; Skolkovo, Russia and Yidan Prize Foundation, Hong Kong. He is also on the Advisory Board/Committee of the Academic Ranking of World Universities, China; KFUPM, Saudi Arabia; KAIST, Korea; NEOM, Saudi Arabia; RIKEN, Japan; SUSTech, China.
He received his undergraduate degrees in Engineering from Caltech and his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Stanford. He is a member of US National Academy of Engineering.
Caribbean Climate-Smart Accelerator (CCSA)
Racquel has enabled leadership and organizations around the world to go beyond their current vision and stay on the cusp of what’s next.
As the newest UN Global Ambassador in the Race to Zero, Racquel has become a critical advisor for driving the shift to digital, process automation, and implementing key turnaround projects that heighten customer engagement and strengthen organizational performance.
Known for her ability to build coalitions, Racquel’s success in the public and private sectors has allowed her to drive important advancements on world-changing topics that require regional consensus, such as climate change, sustainability and building resilience.
Rasha Hasaneen is the Vice President of Innovation and Executive Director, Center for Healthy and Efficient Spaces at Trane Technologies. She is a seasoned executive and innovation leader with a proven track record in product management, product marketing, engineering, strategy, planning and lean thinking. Over a series of leadership roles for GE, SAP, Hitachi, Lucent Technologies and GM, Rasha developed a keen sense of transforming the customer experience through data-driven solutions. Throughout her career, she has consistently leveraged her technical and business background to bridge the gap between market expectations and technology solutions in technology companies. Rasha is focused on applying her diverse background to bring solutions to market that address the current climate crisis and on helping companies transform their businesses to address the world’s biggest sustainability challenges. Rasha has a PhD in process engineering, business and public policy focused on sustainability from Texas A&M, a Master of Science in industrial engineering and engineering management from Stanford University, and a Bachelor of Engineering and Management in mechanical engineering from McMaster University.
René is the Managing Partner for Roland Berger in the Middle East, based in Dubai, and with more than 30 years of consulting experience worldwide.
René is an expert in the transportation, energy and infrastructure, automotive and healthcare sectors and is an avid proponent of new mobility concepts such as with respect to autonomous vehicles and electric vehicles. René can share his unique perspective on energy challenges (i.e., decarbonization, energy independence) brought forth by new mobility concepts and disruptions across multiple industries (transportation, airlines, automotive, capital goods, etc.)
Rob has considerable environmental management and sustainability experience, gained over more than 15 years working in civil engineering and the energy industry. At Urenco he leads the development of the company sustainability strategy, which encompasses net zero, human rights, social impact and governance frameworks. He is a Chartered Environmentalist and a Fellow of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment.
Rodrigo Fernandes is director of ES(D)G (Empowering Sustainable Development Goals) in Bentley Systems, leading the company’s sustainability initiatives. Rodrigo’s charter is to advocate for a culture of sustainability, empower sustainable development goals through Bentley software and services, and evangelize Bentley’s environmental handprint. Rodrigo is also European Climate Pact Ambassador and serves as an external expert for the European Commission and the Portuguese Ministry of the Sea (DGPM).
Rodrigo is an industry expert on environmental engineering and environmental digital twins, with experience around sustainability-related product strategy, and knowledgeable on climate-related topics and their links to infrastructure projects, software, and services.
Previously at Bentley, he has worked as a senior consultant and project manager on Water Infrastructure Team, and then as business development / environmental industry expert for Acceleration Team and Digital Cities. He joined Bentley in 2017 with the acquisition of Action Modulers’ Water Business Unit, and before that, he was a Researcher in Marine, Environment & Technology Center (MARETEC), University of Lisbon. He has a Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering, and has designed and managed over 20 European innovation projects on modeling water resources and environmental safety issues, and authored +30 peer-reviewed papers.
International Council on Mining and Minerals
Rohitesh “Ro” Dhawan was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of ICMM in April 2021. He is passionate about the transformative power of mining, particularly in emerging markets where he has spent two-thirds of his life.
Ro is a Fellow and faculty member of the Africa Leadership Initiative and a Raisina fellow at the Asian Forum on Global Governance. He serves on the Advisory Boards of the Columbia Centre for Sustainable Investment, Concordia and Resolve.
He has served on the UK Government’s Partnering for Accelerated Climate Transitions (PACT) Programme and was named one of South Africa’s climate change leaders for his work with the country’s mining sector.
He holds a Master of Science in Environmental Change & Management from the University of Oxford in the UK, and a Bachelor of Commerce in Economics from Rhodes University in South Africa.
Satya S. Tripathi
Global Alliance for a Sustainable Planet
A development economist, lawyer and changemaker with over 40 years of varied experience, Mr. Tripathi is the Chancellor of Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences – the world’s largest academic institution dedicated exclusively to indigenous people and cultures. He is also a Senior Distinguished Fellow on Innovative Finance at the World Agroforestry Centre.
He has served with the UN for more than two decades in key positions across the planet and was most recently the UN Assistant Secretary-General, Head of New York Office at UN Environment and Secretary of the UN Environment Management Group. His other strategic engagements with the UN include: Head of Human Rights Investigations for the UN in post-war Bosnia (UNMIBH); Chair of the Committees on Laws, Treaties and Administrative matters for the UN-mediated Cyprus unification talks in 2004; UN Recovery Coordinator for Aceh and Nias where he facilitated international cooperation and funding of over US$ 7 billion for post-tsunami recovery efforts in support of the government and affected populations; and Executive Head of UNORCID, a UN System Office established by the UN Secretary General in 2011 to facilitate the implementation of a US$ 1 Billion REDD+ partnership between Indonesia, Norway and other stakeholders.
Mr. Tripathi was instrumental in establishing the Tropical Landscapes Finance Facility (TLFF) in Indonesia in 2016 and the Sustainable India Finance Facility (SIFF) in 2017 to leverage ‘private finance for public good’ at mega-scale to achieve transformative social and environmental impact for millions of people in developing countries. He previously served on the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Forests.
Scott Tew is the founder and leader of the Center for Energy Efficiency & Sustainability at Trane Technologies (CEES) and is responsible for forward-looking sustainability initiatives. Since CEES was formed in 2010, the company has successfully met or exceeded its long-term goals in energy use and waste reduction, while embedding sustainability in all parts of the product development process. Key initiatives have also included launch of employee engagement and competency building programs and materiality assessments to ensure sustainability focus is in line with business drivers. Scott holds graduate and undergraduate degrees in environmental science and ecology from Livingston University.
Climate Bonds Initiative
Sean Kidney is CEO of the Climate Bonds Initiative, an international NGO working to mobilize global capital for climate action. Projects include a green bond definitions and certification scheme with $34 trillion of assets represented on its Board and some 200 organizations involved in its development and governance; working with the Chinese central bank on how to grow green bonds in China; and market development programs in Brazil, Mexico, Colombia, Nigeria and East Africa.
He is a member of the European Commission’s Platform on Sustainable Finance, and was a member of its predecessors, the 2017 EU High Level Expert Group on Sustainable Finance and the EU Technical Expert Group on Sustainable Finance. He is also a member of green finance advisory groups in China, India, Mexico and Kazakhstan and an Advisory Board member of the International Sustainable Financial Centre in Prague.
He has previously been a consultant on green bonds to the United Nations Secretary General, a member of the Peoples Bank of China Green Finance Task Force and a member of the Commonwealth Secretariat’s Expert Committee on Climate Finance.
Sean is also a Professor in Practice at SOAS University of London.
For the past three years he has been voted GlobalCapital magazine’s “Most Influential Champion” of the sustainable finance market.
Connected Places Catapult
Graduated in Law from the Universidade do Vale do Rio dos Sinos (Unisinos).
• Elected as Mayor of the city of Porto Alegre (2021-2024).
• 2019-2020 was elect as state deputy.
• In 2013-2016 was elect as Vice-Mayor of the city of Porto Alegre
• Between 2000-2012 he held the position of Councilor of the city of Porto Alegre.
A little about his history
He worked in the field, as a lavrador and moved to Porto Alegre in 1978. Already in the capital,
he worked in lancheria in the center of the city, also was a carrier of creates in the supply
centrals (CEASA). Was still a seller in costruction material shops. After graduating, he started
working in the profession of a lawyer and then he had to hold the position of state diretor of
the brazilian order of lawyers (OAB), subsection of Rio Grande do Sul. Was secretary and
advisor of the assistance box of lawyers of Rio Grande do Sul
Siobhan heads the Consumer Goods & Retail practice in the UK. Throughout her industrial and consulting career, Siobhan has specialized in transformation, innovation and driving value through digitalization, and introduction of new business models. Sustainability-driven industry-wide transformation is one of the trends that Siobhan has been dealing with in her recent projects. Siobhan can bring insights from the ongoing discussions around expected climate related changes in the consumer goods and retail sectors as well as share her own view on the industry’s prospects based on her vast experience.
Souad Ben Abderrahim was elected Mayor of Tunis following the first democratic municipal elections in Tunisia. Not only has she achieved a historical feat as the first woman mayor of Tunis, she is also one of the leaders of Tunisia’s decentralization efforts as the mayor of the biggest commune in the country.
In addition to her role as the Mayor of Tunis, Ben Abderrahim has served as the president of the National Federation of Tunisian Municipalities (FNCT) from 2018-2021. The FNCT is a national association created in 1973 to support and defend the interests of municipalities as well as represent them in national and international bodies.
Mrs. Souad Ben Abderrahim is a graduate of the Monastir School of Pharmacy.
Dr. Spencer Meyer is the Director of Science Strategy and Stakeholder Engagement at NCX. Spencer is responsible for working with stakeholders to link the science and business of natural capital markets. He also leads the company’s development of new ecosystem service credits including biodiversity, habitat, water quality, and wildfire mitigation.
Spencer is an innovator and leader with 20 years of experience working collaboratively with NGO, government, private sector, and academic partners to solve natural resource challenges. He is a co-founder of Sebago Clean Waters, an advisor to conservation NGOs and private foundations, and a frequent speaker on forest management, watershed protection, natural climate solutions, conservation finance, and partnership development.
Spencer previously worked at the Highstead Foundation, Harvard Forest, Yale School of the Environment, University of Maine, and The Nature Conservancy. He earned his A.B. from Dartmouth College and his M.S. and Ph.D. in forest management and sustainability science from the University of Maine.
For over 25 years Stefan has been contributing to the success story of RB, also steering the company as one of the Managing Directors since 2014. Being a CEO of one the leading global consultancies, Stefan is the right person to discuss global climate related challenges and share his vision on the future of sustainable development. Besides, thanks to his vast industrial experience in public sector and regulated & infrastructure topics, Stefan can provide valuable insights on what actions are required to foster cooperation between governments and businesses to accelerate decarbonization efforts.
Dr. Susan Gardner is a Mexican-American environmental scientist, known for her pioneering research on ecotoxicology and her critical contributions to the Minamata Convention on Mercury. Dr. Gardner has over two decades of experience in supporting countries in conserving and restoring their terrestrial, freshwater and marine ecosystems. Prior to serving as the Director of UNEP’s Ecosystems Division, she was a senior official in the United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the U.S. Department of State, and she worked for the Mexican Federal Government as an environmental scientist at the Centro de Investigaciones Biológicas del Noroeste. She holds a Doctoral Degree in Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences from the University of Washington and a Master’s of Science Degree in Toxicology from North Carolina State University. Her research has generated over 30 publications including a book and book chapters on topics related to ecology, toxicology, fisheries management and species conservation.
Environmental Defense Fund (EDF)
Suzi Kerr is a Senior Vice President and the Chief Economist at Environmental Defense Fund. She was, until May 2019, a Senior Fellow, and from 1998 – 2009 Founding Director, at Motu Research in New Zealand. She graduated from Harvard University in 1995 with a PhD in Economics. She has also worked at the University of Maryland at College Park, Resources for the Future (USA), and the Joint Center for the Science and Policy of Global Change at MIT. She was a Visiting Professor at Stanford University for the 2009/10 year, and at the University of the Andes in Bogotá, Colombia in the first half of 2014. In 2018, she was President of the Australasian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society. Her research work focuses on domestic and international climate-change mitigation policy with special emphasis on emissions pricing and natural climate solutions. She is the leader of the international ‘Climate Action Teams’ initiative. She is a member of the Advisory Boards for the Climate Econometrics group at Oxford and the International Emissions Trading Association ‘Markets for Natural Climate Solutions’ initiative.
Truman Semans is Chief Executive Officer of OS-Climate (OS-C), a part of the Linux Foundation (LF). OS-Climate a breakthrough Open Source solution for climate-aligned finance, investing, and financial regulation. Using the proven Linux Foundation approach for community-driven projects to solve complex challenges, OS-Climate is a non-profit data and modeling platform that enables investment decisionmakers to run scenario-based predictive analysis for accurately forecasting and pricing risk and opportunity related to physical climate impacts and economic transition. Responding to the universal call for more rigorous, transparent, and affordable climate data, OS-C’s Data Commons will provide corporate and other climate related data as a public good.
Previously, Truman was CEO of Element Capital Advisors, helping family offices and foundations integrate climate and ESG into their portfolios. He was a Partner of strategy consultancy GreenOrder, helping clients including private equity firms, Morgan Stanley, Google, GM, GE, Duke Energy, SABIC, and DuPont drive growth and profitability through investments in environmental innovation, resource efficiency, and clean technology. Truman led the Pew Business Environmental Leadership Council, and he co-founded the U.S. Climate Action Partnership (USCAP) and the U.S. Partnership for Renewable Energy Finance (USPREF). Truman consulted with McKinsey & Co., served as the U.S. Treasury Department International Economist for global environment, and was the financial mechanisms lead on the U.S. Climate Change Negotiating Team.
He has an MBA and BA from Duke University and a Masters in International Economics from Johns Hopkins SAIS. He serves on the Investment Committee of the National Wildlife Federation and the Advisory Board of Coast Capital, LLC.